He maintains contact with such greats as the NPD Vice Thorsten Heise, delivered a speech in front of 6000 neo-Nazis at a lawrock concert in the Thuringian theme 2017. Now the security authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia have obtained an entry ban for the Schengen area against the Russian right-wing extremist Denis Nikitin, who grew up in Cologne.
This was announced by the North Rhine-Westphalian Integration and Refugee Ministry. Earlier, the research network of WDR, NDR and "Süddeutsche Zeitung" reported on it.
Denis Nikitin is actually called Denis Kapustin. However, he was known only for a long time under the first name. In recent years, the 34-year-old martial artist has repeatedly acted as a sponsor of combat events, several times in Rome, Lyon, Athens and the "Battle of the Nibelung" in the Saxon Ostritz.
SPIEGEL's research revealed significant contradictions in his biography - and provided clues to Nikitin's alleged criminal business in Ukraine (read more here).
He is also mentioned in the current North Rhine-Westphalian constitution protection report. There it is said, he contributes significantly to professionalize the right-wing martial arts scene. For this he performs numerous right-wing extremist martial arts events in several countries.
After research by NDR, WDR and "Süddeutsche Zeitung" Nikitin was first signed off in February "ex officio" in Cologne. The martial artist had therefore no longer been in his apartment in Cologne-Chorweiler for a long time after authorities knowledge and had moved abroad. In May, finally, the "extinction of the settlement permit" followed - so he has no residency status.
The authorities also imposed a ban on entry for the entire Schengen area.
According to the research network, it is usually denied re-entry, mainly to offenders. Only in rare cases does this happen because a person is considered a constitutional enemy or risks her.
North Rhine-Westphalia Integration and Refugee Minister Joachim Stamp (FDP) said according to a statement: "We are consistently against all persons who endanger our democratic order and thus also public safety."